Mudcat Café message #871578 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55149   Message #871578
Posted By: Genie
21-Jan-03 - 01:47 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat CD Orchid: Liner Notes PermaThread
Subject: Mudcat CD Orchid:Beans, Bacon & Gravy -UncleDaveO
16.   BEANS, BACON AND GRAVY   (trad. -)
The tune is that of Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane, published by George Washington Hayes in 1870.
Uncle_DaveO (Dave Oesterreich) - vocals, banjo.

Uncle_DaveO (Mudcat Profile: has been singing folksongs and related songs since about 1950, first with guitar and of recent years with banjo, and now cittern.

I was born long ago, In eighteen ninety-four, & I've seen many a panic, I will own,
I've been hungry, I've been cold, & now I'm growing old, But the worst I've seen is nineteen thirty-one.


Oh, those beans, bacon and gravy, they almost drive me crazy,
I eat them till I see them in my dreams.
When I wake up in the morning & another day is dawning,
I know I'll have another mess of beans.

We congregate each morning at the county barn at dawning,
And everyone is happy, so it seems.
But when our work is done, we file in one by one
And thank the Lord for one more mess of beans.

We have Hooverized on butter; for milk we've only water,
And I haven't seen a steak in many a day.
As for cakes and pies and jellies, we substitute sow bellies,
For which we work the county road each day.

If there ever comes a time when I've got more than a dime,
They'll have to put me under lock and key,
Because I've been broke so long I can only sing this song
Of the workers and their misery.